PHOTO GALLERY: New president praises Columbia College students during commencement ceremony

The first commencement ceremony for Columbia College hosted 310 graduating students and featured the traditional cutting of the ivy chain, symbolizing the graduates' separation from the college.

PHOTO GALLERY: Graduates celebrate at Stephens College 2014 commencement ceremony

Stephens College held its commencement ceremony for its graduating candidates Saturday at the Missouri Theatre.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chinese couple adjust financially to Columbia

Kai Qiao and Yang Wang, a couple from China, find the transition to Missouri to be a culture shock of cooking styles and economic burdens. At least 68 percent of urban households in China are middle class, though the middle class of central Missouri looks and feels much different.

PHOTO GALLERY: Senior Sendoff wraps up college life

Thousands participated in Senior Sendoff on Friday, an annual event that symbolizes students leaving their college lives behind and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. The event includes the Tiger Prowl, the Senior Sendoff, and free drinks, food and games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gentry Middle School implements science standards

Gentry Middle School is one of many Columbia Public Schools that has started to implement the New Generation Science Standards, a set of standards developed under a rubric similar to the Common Core State Standards.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU's 'Frozen' ice skating event chills nerves before exam week

Despite the 90-degree temperatures, MU students skated on synthetic ice at the university's Frozen Sing-A-Long and Ice Skating event Wednesday. The event was supposed to help students relax before exams.

PHOTO GALLERY: Senior citizens play pool every Wednesday

Senior citizens practice and compete in pool tournaments at the Columbia Senior Activity Center on Wednesday mornings. Most players bring their own pool equipment, and it costs $2 to play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Patrons drink at Harpo's Bar & Grill

Large crowds fill Harpo's Bar & Grill on April 24. According to research, alcohol consumption is often linked to sexual assault. Colleges across the nation are implementing programs like MU's Green Dot to teach students to intervene when they see someone being victimized.

PHOTO GALLERY: Museao Building offers a creative workspace for startups

Originally designed to be a furniture store, the Museao Building's former showrooms have been transformed into workplaces for six different startups. In this unconventional building, work can be done on couches, beds, sheds or even a hammock.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pastor, trainer combines talents at gym

Willie D. Hall dedicates his life to fitness and faith as the owner of D-Life Fitness Christian Gym and pastor for New Life Faith Praise & Worship Center. Hall's schedule is filled with community outreach for both worship and workouts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Schools seek healthier lunch options

Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ecologists show how to clean, eat Asian carp

The Missouri Department of Conservation held an Asian carp cleaning and filleting session at the North Village Arts District Farmers & Artisans Market in Columbia on Sunday. The fish are seen as so harmful to the ecosystem that there is no harvest limit in Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball falls to Vanderbilt, 3-1

The Missouri baseball team had four hits in its 3-1 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students dance at Hickman's prom

Students were initially reluctant to dance at Hickman High School's prom on Saturday at the Expo Center. The prom's these was Midnight in Paris.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball drops game, series to Alabama

The Missouri softball team fell to Alabama 2-0 on Saturday at University Field. The Crimson Tide took two of three games from the Tigers in the weekend series.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri loses to Vanderbilt 5-1

Missouri baseball took on Vanderbilt Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers ultimately lost to the Commodores 5-1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball celebrates the 1954 championship team

The 1954 Missouri baseball team was honored Saturday during the current team's game against Vanderbilt. The 1954 team was Missouri's first NCAA national champion team, and remains the only Missouri baseball team to achieve the feat.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton track practices on gravel track

The Fr. Tolton Catholic High School track and field team meets five days a week for practice. "When it comes down to it, it's you versus the person next to you," coach Pat Kelly said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Young musicians perform at Children's Grove dedication

The Children's Grove at Stephens Lake Park was dedicated Saturday. The event featured music from the Young Artists Philharmonic.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Fabulous Follies

The Fabulous Follies, a talent show competition at Jefferson Middle School, included singing, dancing and piano playing by students and faculty.